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Religious Pushback Expected On LGBT Executive Order

Although President Barack Obama is no stranger to using federal contracts as a testing ground for employment reform measures, religious employers may be more resistant to Monday's executive order banning discrimination against gay and transgender contractor employees than to other recent efforts, attorneys say.

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    Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to settle a class action filed by thousands of women who alleged they were secretly videotaped during gynecological examinations by Nikita Levy, who last year killed himself as police closed in, a plaintiff’s attorney said on Monday.

  • Picard Can't Appeal 'Good Faith' Madoff Clawback Ruling

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff refused on Monday to let the liquidating trustee for Bernard L. Madoff’s defunct firm seek appellate review of a decision weakening clawback suits against investors affected by the Ponzi scheme, saying the cases should not “languish” while the Second Circuit tackles a narrow question of law.

  • Deutsche, Barclays Helped Funds Dodge Taxes, Panel Says

    The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed on Monday that Barclays Bank PLC and Deutsche Bank AG sold complex, structured financial products to hedge funds for over a decade that allowed the groups to evade federal leverage limits and billions in capital gains taxes.

  • Proskauer Can Point Finger At Accountant In J&J Fraud Suit

    A New York judge on Monday refused to throw out a bid by Proskauer Rose LLP to hold the accountant for relatives of a Johnson & Johnson founder liable in a fraud action over allegedly bad tax advice the firm provided about selling company shares, finding such a counterclaim in a noncontract case is permissible.

  • 8th Circ. Set To Consider Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Scope

    A Nebraska federal judge has granted COR Clearing LLC’s bid to ask the Eighth Circuit to weigh in on whether a former executive qualified as a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Act despite having never provided information to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.